These statuesque, tangerine-colored blossoms command center stage in borders or large containers. 'Freedom' comes from our friends at Longwood Gardens and is one of their vigorous, virus-free Cannas.
Cannas are tropical and subtropical bulbs from the Americas that are invaluable to the garden in summer and autumn. The flowers range from complex and colorful to simple and subtle, and their large leaves grow from 4–10′. Provide a warm spot in the sun (at least half a day) and regular watering. Rhizomes may be dug to spend winter indoors in cold climates.
For more information on growing Cannas, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Latin Name Pronunciation: can'uh
Spacing: 18–24″ or 1 per 18″ pot, depth: 2–3″. Full sun.
Wait to plant Cannas until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to 60°F. To get a jump on a short growing season, start rhizomes indoors by potting up as soon as they arrive and placing in a warm, sunny location. Move them outdoors after the last frost date in your area. Acclimate transplants to outdoor conditions slowly to avoid scorching the foliage.
Plant in average to damp soil. If rhizomes are started prior to planting, they will also grow in soggy soil or even shallow water. Plant the rhizomes horizontally, with the eye (bud) facing up. Fertilize after planting with a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) and again in late July. Remove spent flowers to keep plants looking tidy and to encourage rebloom. Where summers are long and hot, Cannas may grow much taller than indicated on the label. For more compact plants, cut back to the 3rd or 4th leaf (i.e., to a height of about 36″) after each round of flowering.
Cannas are hardy to Zone 7 (0°F). In colder climates, they can be overwintered indoors. After the first frost in fall, cut the stems to the ground and lift the clump of rhizomes with a spade or fork. Store in a dry, well-ventilated place where the temperature is cool (50°-60°F). If plants are grown in containers, you may also allow the pot to dry out and then stored it in a cool location.
For information on planting and care of annuals, click here